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Record Gas Prices; Finding Cheaper Gas Prices

April 11, 2011

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Gas prices are on the rise, approaching record levels set in July 2008. More than ever, consumers are searching for cheaper gas prices.

Gas prices, according to the latest Lundberg Survey, are averaging $3.76 a gallon for self-serve gasoline; this is up 19 cents from gas prices just three weeks ago. According to Lundberg Survey, the all-time high of for average gas prices per gallon of self-serve was $4.11.

Here are several tools to help you find cheap gas (or at least cheaper gas).

-- With both a Web site and apps available for smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7), GasBuddy uses crowdsourcing -- people reporting their local gas prices to the site -- to figure out the lowest-priced fuel in many coverage areas.

-- GasPrice Watch is a similar service that employs people who sign up as "spotters" to provide gas price info nationwide, as well as some electronic data sources.

-- AAA's Fuel Gauge Report surveys "up to 100,000 stations" every day, in cooperation with Wright Express, which AAA says provides "unmatched statistical reliability."

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